Mercedes eyeing glory at German Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are both very optimistic ahead of their home grand prix in Germany.
The two drivers believe that home advantage will motivate them to victory, and that the Mercedes machine is well suited to the Hockenheim circuit.
Schumacher has said that it gives him a special sense of excitement every time he turns up at the German GP, knowing all the fans are there to cheer him on.
He went on to say that this year's car is capable of winning races, as team-mate Rosberg proved in China earlier this year, and there is no better place to take his first victory since his return to F1 than at his home GP.
Rosberg, son of 1982 world champion Keke, is adamant that Hockenheim's long straights and short corners will play into the hands of the Silver Arrows.
Like Schumi, he wants to perform for the fans, especially the Mercedes workers who will be in the grandstands for the race.
He will be looking to add to his one race win this year in order to mount a challenge to Alonso and the Red Bulls at the top of the drivers' standings. He is currently 54 points behind Alonso with 11 races remaining, so there is plenty of time for the German to reel in the leaders.
Other German racers looking to succeed at their home GP, which takes place on July 22, are current double world champion Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.